This week we received the joyful news that my girlfriend gave birth to her first baby girl! The girls and I quickly scheduled a visit to the hospital to meet the little one. But since visiting hours at the hospital started at 11:00am, we decided to head to breakfast at Big City Diner first.
I like to come here for breakfast for one thing only: Grandma’s Kimchee Fried Rice with Eggs ($8.99). I was disappointed to see they scaled back on the portion size (it used to be twice this size – no kidding), but it’s still the same great flavor, filled with more “stuff” than rice, and topped off with a little kimchee. I think they use some brown rice too, which adds a nice texture.
But I was also in the mood for some pancakes, so I ordered the Big Pancake Sandwich ($7.99) and split this and the kimchee fried rice with my friend. 2 Large pancakes are served with 2 eggs, 2 sausage, and 2 bacon.
My other friend had the same thing too, but with scrambled eggs instead.
All in all, the food is good, but this is not my top choice for breakfast for several reasons. One, the pancakes are not as good as Wailana’s. Two, for the price, they offer nothing out of the ordinary. If I’m paying $8-9 for breakfast, I’d rather go to IHOP where they have all kinds of pancakes, crepes and stuffed french toasts. So I guess to summarize, here are my top breakfast choices broken out by price range:
- Under $5: McDonald’s!
- Under $6: Wailana’s
- $7-10: IHOP
- Over $10: Somewhere with a view like Plumeria Beach House, Orchids, or Longhi’s.
But, for that occasional craving for kimchee fried rice, only Big City Diner will do. Good thing it’s available during lunch and dinner too. The restaurant is also very family friendly, with large comfortable dining booths and a special keiki menu.
By the way, we “aunties” had a blast visiting our friend’s new baby. Born on July 4th, she entered the world with a firework show in her honor. Congratulations to the new mommy and daddy!
PRICE RANGE: $6.99-$10.99. Visit their website here to view the entire menu.
MY BILL: $14.00
Big City Diner
(5 Locations on Oahu including):
Ward Entertainment Center
1060 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814